Quick College Recipes | BTB Foodie

It’s officially finals week, which means your free time is slim. If you don’t have much time to sit down at Gracie’s or any of the other dining halls, then you’re best option is to pop something in the microwave. But making a quick meal for yourself doesn’t mean the food has to lack in quality; there are a lot of great different food options that you can make quickly in your microwave. If you don’t have a car, there is an RIT bus that will take you to Wegmans. Also, a lot of ingredients you need for the recipes are available on campus in The Market at Global Village, Crossroads Market, The Corner Store or Sol’s Underground. Check out these delicious microwavable recipes, because you deserve something delicious during this stressful week. 

Be sure to check out our video below!

Mug Recipes:

Pancakes in a Mug

No need to get out the griddle. Try this Pancake Mug Cake courtesy of Kirbie Cravings. Check out the recipe below:

Ingredients
    • 1/4 cup Bisquick
    • 1 oz milk (1/8 cup)
Instructions
    • “In a microwave safe mug or ramekin, whisk Bisquick and milk with a small whisk for a few seconds. It’s okay if small lumps remain. Heat in microwave for about 1 minute. Let pancake cool slightly before scooping out of mug and serving with syrup.”

Scrambled Eggs in a Mug

Pari some scrambled eggs with your pancakes with this Scrambled Eggs Mug recipe devised by our very own staff. It is super easy to make:

Ingredients

    • Eggs (however many you want to eat)
    • Milk
    • Salt
    • Pepper

Instructions

    • Scramble your egg (or eggs) in a mug. Add a splash of milk and sprinkle on a pinch of salt and pepper. Put it in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds and you’re done!

Extra mug recipes to check out:

  • A classic breakfast/snack choice, this recipie for a Blueberry Mug Muffin on Budget Bytes will have you making seconds
  • In need of a sweet treat? Try out this Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake thanks to Kirbie Cravings
  • If you’re looking for something healthy, fill up this Omelette in a Mug from Simply Recipes with tons of veggies
  • After you ace a final reward yourself with this Red Velvet Mug Cake from The Vice Chef Blog

Vegan Microwave/Mug Recipes:

Vegan Banana Bread in a  Mug

A perfect study snack is this Single Serving Vegan Banana Bread from PopSugar. The recipe is super simple, check it out below!

Ingredients:

    • ½ Banana
    • 2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
    • 1 tablespoon organic sugar
    • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
    • 1 teaspoon dairy-free chocolate chips
    • 1 teaspoon walnuts

Instructions:

    • “Mash the banana in a small bowl. Add all ingredients to bowl, except the dark chocolate chips and walnuts; mix well to form a smooth batter.”
    • “Save a few chocolate chips and walnuts for the topping, and mix the rest into the batter.”
    • “Lightly spray a ceramic ramekin with cooking spray, and pour in the batter. Sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips and walnuts.”
    • “Microwave for 70 to 90 seconds until the batter is dry — don’t overcook or your cake will turn chewy and tough.”
    • “The dish will be hot so remove with an oven mitt. Cool for a minute, and then dive in!”

Extra vegan recipes to check out:

  • A filling lunch that is perfect for a cold, winter day. This Vegan Loaded Baked Potato on Well Vegan will be just what you need during finals week
  • If you’re adventurous with the food you eat, definitely try out this Tofu Scramble Mug courtesy of Keep Recipes
  • No one will dislike this Vegan Mac and Cheese recipe on Genius Kitchen
  • Seconds please! Try out this delicious Vegan Coffee Cake from Finding Vegan for breakfast

VIDEO

If you decide to try out any of these recipes during finals week, snap a pic and tag us on Instagram @ritbehindthebricks. Also stay tuned for more recipes videos on our Facebook page. Happy finals week, Tigers!

International Students Day at RIT

Did you know that today is International Students Day? With students from over 100 different countries all over the world, Rochester Institute of Technology is proud to be a part of the celebration! Held annually on November 17th, International Students Day was created to commemorate the cultural diversity present in universities across the globe. With about 2,500 international students at RIT’s Rochester, New York campus, it’s pretty clear that RIT places a strong emphasis on diversity, and proudly embraces multiculturalism.

With a variety of different countries represented here at RIT’s home campus, it’s sometimes easy to forget how many other students attend RIT in other areas of the world. With campuses in Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Pristina, UAE, and Beijing, countless students are gaining a cultural experience from our university, while receiving an education that can’t be matched. For students studying abroad here in Rochester, New York, RIT provides multiple areas of support to ensure all international students have a smooth transition to life here in the United States. Well-being is a top priority, of course, both inside and outside of the classroom. With an intensive English language center, and advisors eager to ensure you have a great and memorable experience, studying abroad at RIT is made easy.

International Student Services  is an office designated to the overall success of international students here on campus. They not only provide support and answer any questions students have about immigration and adaptation, they also assist with any personal matters that may arise during students’ experiences abroad. Global Union is another resource available for international students to feel more at home whilst in Rochester. The Center for Religious Life (located in the Student Alumni Union) offers a safe area for prayer and services of all of the world’s major faiths.

If you are interested in becoming an international student yourself, studying abroad is the perfect experience for you. While students can study at any of RIT’s international locations, our university holds many partnerships with universities all over the world. With language barriers and credit transfers made easy, a stop in RIT’s Study Abroad Office can help with any questions you may have. Located above Salsarita’s in Global Village, stop on in!

5 Ways to Stay Healthy at RIT

With the holidays coming up, RIT students and faculty returning home for Thanksgiving are ready for some home-cooked meals and relaxing before the few weeks before finals. The last few weeks can be quite hectic! Sometimes students who are surrounded by constant classes, studying, homework, meetings, and maintaining a relative social life, can forget to retain a healthy lifestyle. Some students don’t believe in the need to develop healthy living styles now – but eating ramen and microwavable mac and cheese while pulling all nighters may have severe consequences to your health. Developing healthy habits in your life as a college student will only make it easier to stay healthy throughout your life. Here are five tips to stay healthy at RIT!

1. Exercise – There are plenty of ways to get exercise on campus and walking the quarter mile every day is a good start. However, the Wiedman Fitness Center in Hale-Andrews Student Life Center offers a seven day schedule to all RIT students. Even just working out for half an hour a day could improve your overall health! Hale-Andrews also offers a five multi-purpose courts, a dance and aerobics studio, an elevated 1/8 mile running track, conference and classroom space – you can even go for a swim in the Judson/Hale Aquatics Center! Check here for the hours to all the facilities provided around campus including Wiedman Fitness Center, the Judson/Hale Aquatics Center, the Red Barn, and more!

2. Eat right – Probably one of the easiest ways to stay healthy and yet a bit difficult in the life of a busy college student. You might not realize your intake of food and how it’s affecting you! A lot of college students fail to eat right – why else would everyone know the definition of the “freshman 15”? Even after freshman year, some students still struggle with maintaining a healthy diet and RIT has many healthy options at every corner of its food and dining services.

Though there is always a large availability of food here on campus – Gracie’s, The Commons, and more –  with the help of RIT’s Dining Services’ website, students can see the vast majority of healthy options that their college has to offer – with even more guidance on nutrition labelling!

3. Get on a good sleep schedule – All nighters are quite common on a college campus. Seeing students walking to class half-asleep is no fun, and teachers don’t want you to fall asleep in their classes (but some of us have done it!) All nighters are tempting when cramming for a test when the stress and anxiety levels are running high. That weekend to celebrate, you might just go stay out late until the early morning hours having fun with your friends. The goal here is to try to not make that a habit. Sure we all have like to have fun and we all sometimes have to cram for a test, but trying to make a decent sleep schedule is hard for a lot of college students. Students aresaid to need at least seven to nine hours of sleep at night. You might be thinking that there is no way you’d ever get that much sleep based on your homework and cram sessions, but sleep deprivation can lead to decreased brain function, fatigue, headaches and weight loss or gain. Losing out on a good night’s sleep is never the right answer! Instead, try to stay on a schedule by avoiding caffeinated drinks before bed. Keep track of the hours you sleep with an app on your phone which can help you regulate your nightly routines. Best of all, even if you’re feeling tired during the day – check out RIT’s own Nap Map to find out the best place on campus to take a short power nap to help you get through the day!

4. Hydrate – Drink your water! It’s a sentence we’ve heard plenty of times yet many choose those caffeinated and sugary drinks to fuel them throughout the day. However, water replenishes your body – keeping you more focused and energized throughout the day. All of that sugar and caffeine can wear your body down, making it more difficult to focus and stay awake as it only gives your short bursts of energy. Drinking water will improve your overall health and keep you moving throughout your day so find a reusable water bottle and take it to class!

5. Relax – Probably the most difficult thing to do as a college student. Relaxing never seems to be an option but the truth is, is that you need to take moments to just breath. Taking breaks and having downtime is essential to staying healthy. If you’re stressed from studying, take a moment to read a book or hang out with your friends, even take a nap! Stress management is like time management – just another thing students learn as they grow. Stress and anxiety is a major problem in young adults and especially college students, which can be detrimental to your health. Take a moment in every day to just step back and breath! Find ways to help yourself relax – it can do wonders for your physical and mental health.

RIT Halloween Events | Behind the Bricks

Get your costumes on, because Halloween is finally here and there is so much happening! We found a list of things to do on campus today using the Campus Groups events portal, so be sure to check it out for future events.

Halloween Cider and Coco

8am-3pm at the Sentinel Sculpture – Tau Kappa Epsilon

Link: https://campusgroups.rit.edu/tke/rsvp?id=360281

Artesano Halloween Sale

All day at Artesano – RIT Dining

Wear a costume and get 25% off | Spooky treats will be served all day

Link: http://bit.ly/2hqjU6X

Midnight Oil Presents: Casper the Movie

All day at Midnight Oil – RIT Dining

Bring a costume and get a free cookie | Watch the movie Casper all day

Link: http://bit.ly/2lyod4F

Spooky Scary Science Bake Sale

10am-4pm – BioTech Club

Link: https://campusgroups.rit.edu/biotech/rsvp?id=359292

ritGA Horror Drag Show Ticket Sale

11am-2pm in SAU Lobby Tables – ritGA

Event Page: http://bit.ly/2z3fXwv

GCCIS Halloween Party

1pm-3pm in Golisano Hall Main Lobby Atrium – GCCIS

Link: https://campusgroups.rit.edu/sg/rsvp?id=360862

Caffeine Halloween

3:30pm-7:00pm at the Tiger Statue – Club Café

Link: https://campusgroups.rit.edu/cafe/rsvp?id=359302

Gracies Spooky Meal

4:30pm-6pm in Grace Watson – RIT Dining

There will be a costume contest!

Link: http://bit.ly/2gPyCDR

Ellingson Tremendous Ten Tower of Terror

8pm-10pm in Mark Ellingson floors 4-8 – Center for ResLife

Link: https://campusgroups.rit.edu/reslifestaff/rsvp?id=360586

We hope you have a Happy Halloween, filled with treats. Be safe and be respectful of other Tigers around you! Be sure to share your costumes with us by taking a selfie, share it on social media using the hashtag #RITHalloween; you might even be featured on our accounts!

Breaking your routine | Writer’s Cut

I love planning. No, really – nothing makes me feel more accomplished, more safe, than the feeling of having my schedule completely filled out, so that I know what to do every hour of every day. Does that make me a bit of a control freak? Yes, it probably does.

Now if all of that is true, you might be confused as to why you’re reading an article on taking a break from your planned routine. Well, just stick with me here.

The weeks leading up to college move-in were grueling for me. Though I suppose it’s not uncommon for upcoming freshmen to be worried about this new chapter of their lives (some will show it more than others), I was utterly terrified. I was moving halfway across the country (22 hours by car to be exact) to a school that none of my friends had even heard of, and to make matters even worse, move-in day was going to be the very first time I set foot on campus. Although I had been away from home for significant periods of time before, nothing was never quite as permanent as this move.

After unpacking and setting up my room, it was almost as if someone had pressed a “GO” button on my life. Throughout orientation, I was only in my room when I needed sleep, and it’s safe to say that this pattern continued well into the beginning of that semester. Now before you jump to conclusions here – no, I was not out partying every night, and no, I was not trying to drink away my worries. Instead, I began to fall in a strict routine of school, work, and friends that I helped myself to and upheld to a T. I had found my own way to forget, my own way to not allow myself to stop for long enough to think about just how far out of my comfort zone I really was.

My routine engulfed me. I was so focused on always doing something that I didn’t even notice. For a solid three months, I was constantly doing, doing, and going. I did everything to establish RIT as my home and my environment, and I didn’t think twice about it. Unknowingly, keeping myself busy became my method of not allowing myself the time to feel homesick, to cope with how big of a life-change college was. I was always looking forward to my next assignment, club meeting, or dinner with new friends.  

The problem was that none of these things alone were inherently bad in nature. I was doing very well in school, I had a solid group of new friends, and I was involved in clubs. As far as I knew, this was the perfect execution of the perfect recipe of the perfect college experience. Sense the sarcasm yet?

I was so in love with the routine I created for myself that it became even more important than the individual tasks and events within it.

Then Thanksgiving week rolled around.

Everything around me was slowing down as professors and students looked forward to the promise of three blissful days off work with their friends and family. My world was not getting any slower though. I pushed on with my tight schedule and added even more tasks for myself. Soon enough, my brain was making plans faster than my body could even begin to complete them.

So, I crashed. Now, I know what you’re thinking, this must be the great climax that I have been building up to, and using the word “crash,” you will think I’m referring to some unfortunate car accident on my way home. Well, that’s just the thing, I didn’t get to go home and take that break, and that realization was precisely what brought me into a flood of tears.

Our bodies have a unique ability to tell us to stop and slow down. This was my body telling me precisely that. I spent the whole semester making myself so busy that I wouldn’t have time to internalize the huge life-change that college really is. I tried my very best to follow everything I had read about what makes a successful college student. Yet somehow, that wasn’t enough.

No self-help article could actually prepare me for the unique challenges that college had for me. As I sat down to write this, I realized that I, too, could never successfully address all the struggles a college student could face, but that’s just it. College will hit each individual person with a personalized set of challenges that can all be equally overwhelming and all feel equally isolating. So my advice here is simple.  

Take a break.

For me, that meant changing my environment by taking a trip to Highland Park and for just a day, being away from RIT. It meant allowing myself the headspace to process my new reality of life in college. Whatever taking a break means to you, do it. Get coffee at the cafe you have been meaning to visit or maybe just take a walk around campus to process and take in everything that is happening around you.

Facing your reality will work much better than trying to run from it.

RIT Campus Hot Spots

Anyone who goes to RIT knows this campus is huge. 1,300 acres of land, athletic facilities, classrooms, and lounges can be overwhelming. Therefore, with the vast quantity of choices, it is easy to stick to your usual spots: around where you live or where you have classes. RIT has so many noteworthy spots on campus, some of which are larger and better known to students. However, smaller, less glamorous spots can be refreshing and interesting to check out. Big or small, here are the top spots at RIT to hang out with friends or to utilize for some quality study time.  

Major Study Spots:

The John Peter Innovation Lounge

This lounge is a fairly quiet and it is an aesthetically pleasing place to do homework. The modern looking lounge has a soothing waterfall and plenty of comfortable seating. It is right outside of Student Innovation Hall.  

Java Wally’s

The beloved coffee shop Java’s is a great place to study. On your way to finding a table or comfy cushioned chair in the back, you can grab a delicious pastry and a coffee. Java Wally’s is located inside the main entrance of the Wallace Library.

Gordon Atrium

Located on the second floor of James Gleason Hall, is the Gordon Atrium. Although they can fill up quickly, there are a lot of study tables. It is a very focused environment with a lot of collaboration among students.

Gosnell Atrium

The Gosnell Atrium has the best of both worlds. Because there are a lot of big tables, is a great place to study with a group. However, there are also a lot of comfy chairs along the window to study alone.

 

Wallace Library

The library, an obvious choice, is one of the best places to study on campus. Aside from there being many different choices for study spots just within the building, there are also a lot of great learning resources, such as the Writing Commons, to help with your studies.

Hidden/Little Study Spots:

Thomas Golisano Computing & Information Sciences Atrium

In this atrium, there are plenty of tables not only on the first floor, but on the second and third floor as well. Grab a bite to eat at Ctrl Alt Deli before picking a table.

College of Applied Science and Technology

The staircase to the right of the main entrance to the College of Applied Science and Technology has a table located on each break of the staircase, all the way up to the top floor. The windows allow for a lot of natural light. There is only one table per floor; it allows for a good amount of privacy, especially at night when there are not a lot of people traveling up and down the staircase.

First Floor of College of Health Sciences and Technology

Walk into the College of Health Sciences and Technology from T Lot and head straight on the first floor to find this little study spot. There is interesting seating: a high top counter and an array of couch seating. All of the couches have outlets, making your study experience a lot easier.  

Reading Room

Up on the second floor of campus center, there is a room resembling a small library. When there aren’t meetings in this room, it is a great quiet place to get some work done. If the Reading Room is occupied, there is also a great array of seating right outside of it.

Tunnels by Department of Chemistry

Outside of the Department of Chemistry in the tunnels below the College of Science, is a small little study area. Although the space isn’t glamorous by any means, there are a few tables and chairs. Don’t worry about getting hungry; there are 7 vending machines, including a coffee making vending machine, and a microwave.   

Community Study Room

On the second floor of the Student Development Center, the Community Study Room is a great study spot especially in the wintertime. Cozy up by the fireplace and get some work done!

College of Liberal Arts Student Lounge

Located on the first floor of Eastman, the College of Liberal Arts Student Lounge is spread down the hallway. The large windows provide a lot of natural light, there are a lot of outlets, and there are many different places to sit.

Major Social Spots:

Beanz

Outside of Gracie’s, Beanz has a great seating section. Grab a snack or a drink, lounge around, and hang out with friends.

Global Village

Arguably the most beloved spot on campus, Global Village is an ideal place to hang out, especially in the warm weather. Even in the cooler weather, Global Village has a fireplace. There are multiple choices for food including Midnight Oil, Salsaritas, and Crossroads.

Fireside Lounge

Located conveniently in Campus Center, the fireside lounge is a popular place to hang out with friends. You may get lucky and someone will be playing the piano while you’re there.

Ritz

Possibly one of the best places on campus to hang out with friends, Ritz has plenty of activities to keep the whole squad happy. Eat, watch sports, play pool, or battle each other in a classic arcade game.

 

RITchies

In the tunnels under Gibson Hall, RITchies is a great place to hang out at night. RITchies has billiards, ping pong, fuse ball, air hockey, and video games. To add to the fun, RITchies hosts special events such as video game tournaments or free food nights.

Hidden/Little Social Spots

Gannett 3rd Floor

Right by the photo cage on the 3rd floor of Gannet, there is a little area with couches. It is a great place to lounge around and hang out with friends.

Crossroads Library Room

Off to the side of Crossroads, there is a room filled with books and tables. Play checkers, chess, grab dinner, and hang out with your friends in this quaint little spot.

Above the Green Screen

On the first floor of Gannett, a modern lounge sits above a large production room with a green screen. It is a fun place to hang out with friends; sometimes you will get lucky enough to see some action going on down below.  

Bottom Floor of Campus Center

Right outside of the Commuter Lounge in Campus Center, there is a lounge area next to the old campus pool. It is a convenient spot to meet with friends.  

MOSAIC Center

This center, located on the second floor of the SAU, is an inclusive environment, aimed at multicultural community building. It is a great place to meet new people.

Switch up your usual environment and explore these places on campus. Try to find new ones, as well. RIT’s campus is beautiful, take advantage what it has to offer! To find out about more locations on campus, be sure to download the RIT Mobile App!

The Importance of World Mental Health Day

A majority of our time as a student at RIT is spent going to classes, catching up on homework, studying for quizzes and tests, and busying ourselves with extracurriculars that largely consume our days. Have you ever woken up just truly feeling tired from it all? It’s extremely important to acknowledge the truth about mental health and how it is just as important as your physical well-being. World Mental Health Day is just one day out of the year where we can spread awareness of mental health and advocate for mental health education and against social stigma.

Years ago, many people were not really aware of mental health and how negative experiences and constant strain could really wear a person down. It’s significant to note that since 1992, World Mental Health Day has been observed around the world, while many countries celebrate an entire week dedicated to spreading the awareness of the importance of mental health.

At RIT, there are several places on campus to go if you or someone you know needs someone to just talk to. The mission for several groups is to provide every student with a safe place so that you never feel alone and provide a great amount of resources. Mental health is incredibly important and if any student ever feels like they cannot talk to someone, if the stress of school is weighing them down, or anything in between, RIT has several different groups to assist any student that reaches out for help.

On campus, RIT’s Counseling and Psychological Services located in the August Center is just one of the places a student can go to talk to an assigned therapist. In their own words:

Counseling & Psychological Services (CaPS) provides short-term counseling to registered full-time undergraduate and graduate students on the Henrietta campus as well as registered part-time matriculated students.  Services provided are based upon a determination of your goals for counseling.  If CaPS is unable to meet your needs, they will work with you to identify an appropriate resource.

If you are unsure if CaPS is a right choice for you, there are more answered questions in their FAQ – CaPS has been a helpful group on campus for students. Whatever you need to talk about, CaPS will work with you or help you find another group at RIT that is more suited to you.

One group is the Center for Women and Gender located in the Campus Center, room 1760. Their mission is to “foster an educational environment in which all community members can be personally, academically, and professionally successful without regard to gender, racial/ethnic origins, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or spiritual beliefs.” Some people may not know that the Center for Women and Gender can provide counseling and/or refer you, if appropriate, to another group on campus such as CaPS, the Student Health Center, or Planned Parenthood. Unlike CaPS however, the Center does provide some counseling for relationship concerns.

In school, many can struggle with stress in the face of challenges such as moving to a completely new place and being away from home. Students may have problems with roommates, they may feel like crumbling under a heavy class load, or you’re feeling under pressure from becoming more independent. It is difficult to handle that kind of stress – feeling insecure, having relationship problems or problems at home, especially as students are trying to find their place. The most important thing is to know to never give up! Stress management is difficult for college students, and acknowledging your mental health is just the first step to learning how to handle whatever is in your way.

To find more resources on campus, check out the Tigers Care page!

If you need help, or are concerned for a friend, reach out to Public Safety at:

Call: (585) 475-2853 | Text: (585) 205-8333| Emergency Only: (585) 475-3333